On Wednesday, Morning Joe Scarborough accused dominant competitor Fox News of undermining America's democracy. Furthermore, the left-wing pundit compared the network to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey, for referencing a "deep state" component of the FBI.
“When you have Fox News declaring war in their words on the FBI and the Justice Department, the deep state there, when you have people talking about secret societies inside of the FBI, that’s, that is out of...Erdogan’s playbook that he used in Turkey to undermine that democracy. And to go after political rivals in his government. And they’re doing it here in America. Right now.”
Previously, Fox News's Sean Hannity had charged FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with helping Hillary Clinton escape prosecution via politically motivated efforts. Moreover, Hannity said the official should be put in jail.
By contrast, Scarborough described McCabe as a hero for keeping America safe from terrorists:
“If you look at what Andrew McCabe has done in serving this country, he was in the New York field office on the SWAT team. He investigated and had a key role in investigating counter-terrorism after September 11th. He held management positions in the counter-terrorism division, and the FBI national security branch."
Joe hailed McCabe as a virtual saint, while portraying Trump as a maniac in violation of "every single constitutional protection":
“Look at this man’s face. This man dedicated his life to you and to your family. Keeping you safe from terror attacks in New York City, in Washington, D.C., across the country. Serving with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. And because Donald Trump has completely blown through every single barrier, every single constitutional protection, now some are attacking this American hero because it just fits their political, their political message of the day. It’s despicable.”
Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski piled on, calling President Trump a "bumbling idiot" who is working toward the "destruction of a democracy."
Someone should tell Brzezinski that America is a republic, not a democracy. And Scarborough should research the protections of the constitution, none of which Trump has violated. Finally, in a republic which guarantees protections from the tyranny of government, looking into a possible "deep state" element to the protection of impossibly-corrupt Hillary Clinton is certainly not a bad idea. Let alone "despicable."